Dealing with a Difficult Boss

Dealing with a Difficult Boss
Dealing with a Difficult Boss
Working with a difficult boss is an extremely challenging situation because he/she is your superior and it’s generally not favored to cross those who sign your paycheck. Of course, we know most bosses don’t actually sign our paychecks but, in theory, they can make your life pretty miserable if the issues are not handled delicately.

It is important to first recognize what is making them difficult and if it’s anything you can change on your end to make working together a little more tolerable. It’s easier and more effective to modify your behavior slightly if it means a happier 9-5. But if it’s not something you can change and it is a direct personality clash with your boss or a distinct behavioral flaw that can not be avoided, it is probably best to be addressed sooner than later, lest it start to interfere with your work. It’s one thing if the difficult boss makes for a long, annoying day. But it’s far worse if a difficult boss makes getting your work done difficult and now you are risking your job over something that could be amended (hopefully) with some communication and flexible thinking.

Approaching Human Resources about your concerns is always a safe option if you do not feel comfortable going directly to your boss. It’s also wise to have your concerns documented and have it on the record that you went through the proper channels to rectify the situation. Be careful not to voice your opinions or frustrations to co-workers or the like. It’s unprofessional and could cost you your job. Let HR handle the intricacies of resolving the issues and be an active participant in the solution.

If you have a good relationship with you boss sans the issue that is making it difficult to work with (i.e. he/she never sticks to a deadline, additional work is thrown at you with little guidelines, hasty decisions are made without any consultation when it directly effects your job, meetings are unstructured, offensive comments or nasty remarks can be heard), then try having an open discussion about it and asking if it’s something you can work on together. Go into the meeting with ideas and suggestions on how you think the problem could get better and be flexible to his/her suggestions on how to improve the situation as well. Try not to be controversial or aggressive in your manner because it is your boss and there is a level of respect that must be demonstrated throughout your conversation.
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